flight test top flite p- 47 RazoRback
Ever since the release of the Top Flite
giant-scale bubble canopy P- 47, modelers
have been asking for a Razorback version.
Well, I’m happy to say that Top Flite
has been listening. The new Razorback
captures the lines and attitude of the
full-scale Jug, and it is loaded with scale
details. The plane features a one-piece
wing, is built from laser-cut balsa and
lite-ply parts, and is completely sheeted.
The Razorback comes in an expertly
applied flat-military MonoKote finish.
Other features include matching painted
fiberglass engine cowl, formed canopy
(with painted framework), painted
fiberglass gear doors, high-quality
hardware, and fuel tank. Scale details
include a removable antenna, dummy
radial engine, a beautiful aluminum
propeller hub, wing guns, a large and
colorful decal sheet, and a detailed
cockpit-interior kit. To bring the “front
office” to life, I added a remarkable W W II
military pilot, provided by Lyle Vasser of
Best Pilots. His handmade, superdetailed
pilot figures are historically accurate and
bring any RC fighter to life.
With the exception of the rudder, all
control surfaces are hinged and ready for
use. A nice feature of the plane is that you
can power it with either a DLE 61cc gas
engine or a Rimfire 65 electric outrunner
motor. Built into the fuselage is a large
hatch to access the batteries. I decided to
use the battery area to hide the radio and
retractable-gear switches and the fill line
for the fuel tank as I didn’t want them on
the outside of the fuselage. The P- 47 uses
only retractable landing gear, and no fixed
gear are included. Robart makes drop-in
pneumatic or electrically driven mains
and tailwheel gear; I installed the electric
version of the gear in my model.
The Jug comes with all its major parts
and subassemblies built and covered at
the factory, including the fuselage, wing
panels, and tail feathers. All of the control
surfaces come with hinge point–style
hinges. It’s a good idea to give them all a
good pull to ensure that all the hinges are
glued in properly; mine were perfect. For
the rudder and vertical fin, you’ll need
to install the hinges. The wing panels
come ready for aileron and flap servo
installation as well as the retractable
landing gear. Heavy-duty aluminum and
plywood braces secure the wing panels
together making for a large one-piece
wing. I would like to see Top Flite design
future giant-scale models with a two- or
three-piece wing configuration for easier
transportation and storage.
For spirited performance, I used a DLE
61cc gasoline engine with a Xoar 23 x 10
The Razorback, with its
wide-stance gear, has
excellent ground handling.
Tail surfaces and linkage are standard fare, and the horizontal stabilizers slide into place on aluminum tubes.
The aileron servos are installed under flush-fitting wing hatches.